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Old 10-30-2008, 12:34 PM   #43
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You know what is really sad... I've seen that episode more than once....

Nice one....
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Old 10-30-2008, 03:58 PM   #44
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We have a 34ft limited and tow with a Dodge Magnum station wagon. We have towed over 80,000Km with no problem. Our gas consuption is anywhere from 10 - 14 MPG. We travel from Florida to Tenn to eastern Canada in Prince Edward Island for the past three years. We love the car!
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Cool Sounds cool!

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We have a 34ft limited and tow with a Dodge Magnum station wagon. We have towed over 80,000Km with no problem. Our gas consuption is anywhere from 10 - 14 MPG. We travel from Florida to Tenn to eastern Canada in Prince Edward Island for the past three years. We love the car!
Do you have any pics of your setup?
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the pis are on here...look under 1990 trailers
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Very cool!!
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Nice pictures. That 34 sure makes the car look small.

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Old 10-31-2008, 01:23 AM   #49
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We have a 34ft limited and tow with a Dodge Magnum station wagon. We have towed over 80,000Km with no problem. Our gas consuption is anywhere from 10 - 14 MPG. We travel from Florida to Tenn to eastern Canada in Prince Edward Island for the past three years. We love the car!
Hi, well boys and girls, If someone can successfully tow a 34' Airstream with a car, Then a half ton SUV or Truck should do just fine towing a 25'er. [CASE CLOSED]
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AMEN, that shows all those 3/4 toners how it's really done

I'm guessing you don't drive 75 mph with it?

But it looks cool....
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A silver sister here. I was looking around to make sure that towing my 34' Avion with a 2006 Durango would be alright. If a Dodge Magnum can tow a 34' then the Dodge Durango should have no problem. Heck the Dodge Durango has the same tow rating as the the '85 3/4 ton Suburban with a 454 we used to tow it with plus also extra 140 horses. I know torque is more important but it also has more torque down low as well then 454.
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A silver sister here. I was looking around to make sure that towing my 34' Avion with a 2006 Durango would be alright. If a Dodge Magnum can tow a 34' then the Dodge Durango should have no problem.
I'd be cautious about coming to that conclusion. Manufacturer's ratings notwithstanding, the Hemi Magnum may be a more effective tow vehicle than the Durango. The lower centre of gravity, stiff low profile tires, and superior handling will make the car more stable than the SUV.
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A silver sister here. I was looking around to make sure that towing my 34' Avion with a 2006 Durango would be alright. If a Dodge Magnum can tow a 34' then the Dodge Durango should have no problem.
I'm not sure you can make the assumption that just because the Magnum can tow the 34 that a Durango can follow suit.

It was reported by the Magnum's owner that he had a towing professional (Can Am) set up the combination. That would probably include custom hitch work and or other considerations.

In testing we have learned that some of these setups handle very well and are surprisingly very stable. In many cases out performing larger and heavier TV's.

The Magnum with the 34 may also be connected via the "orange" adding another dimension to the control and stability factor.

Your Durango may work??? Do your homework.

On Edit.... Hey there Albert F... You beat me to it!!! lol
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Thanks Everyone

Thanks to every one for the great advise and experience.

Here's a little more about my situation....

I am 64, single and I'd like to travel about 6 months out of the year in an Airsteam. So, I'd be hauling stuff. I like to bike, hike and camp. Weight is a serious consideration. Who knows, there might be a significant other down the road. I live in San Diego but plan to retire soon in Souther Arizona, New Mexico or Southwest Colorado. Most of my towing will be in the Western US with as many visits to national parks as possible. I have family in San Diego and Mass. Coast to coast towing is definitely in the picture. TV durability, longevity, maintenace, comfort, safety and cost are very important.

I don't think I can afford a new TV. A TV with under 50K miles with needed equipment would be ideal, I think.

From what I have read here, a Suburban 2500 (3/4 ton) or a Chevy Silvardo 2500 (3/4 ton) with a large V8 and hopefully a tow package would fit my needs. Right? A 1/2 seems like it might be undersized and lack sufficient power.

I just sold my AAMCO Transmissions business so I've learned a few things about Ford and Chevy trucks and SUVs. I would not own a Ford! Except for Ford's 4R100 tranny, the rest are worthless. Sorry Ford fans.

I'd like your opinions.

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From what I have read here, a Suburban 2500 (3/4 ton) or a Chevy Silvardo 2500 (3/4 ton) with a large V8 and hopefully a tow package would fit my needs. Right? A 1/2 seems like it might be undersized and lack sufficient power.

I just sold my AAMCO Transmissions business so I've learned a few things about Ford and Chevy trucks and SUVs. I would own a Ford! Except for Ford's 4R100 tranny, the rest are worthless. Sorry Ford fans.

I'd like your opinions.

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Roger, our current TV is an '02 Silverado 2500 long bed, standard cab, 6.0 gas, 4L80E transmission, and the previously mentioned 3.73 gears. It has a tow capacity of 8600 pounds, and would be higher with the different ratio.
If the one we have now hadn't fallen into our laps, I would have tried to find a long bed, extended cab version of this truck. It has 154,000 miles on it, and towed our trailer from Florida to California with only a minor glitch. I would go for a truck rather than a Suburban (it has the same or longer wheelbase as the Suburban) because you can load up the bed without ruining the interior.
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Welcome to the forums Roger.

Sounds like you have it figured out pretty well. I'm also interested in getting a good deal on a gently used 3/4 burb or crew cab but I'm trying to figure out when would be the best time to buy. Prices are dropping, but I think they can go down a little further. Good luck and give the search function a whirl for more info if you dare.

BTW, what's Marge really like?
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